A Day Out at Kimmeridge Bay

May 30th, 2019

As summer approaches many of our guests come to Ulwell Holiday Park in search of fun filled days out along the Dorset coast. Whilst the likes of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are usually top of everyone’s list, lesser known Kimmeridge Bay is often overlooked. Located just outside of Kimmeridge village and only a 20-minute drive from our Swanage holiday park, this hidden gem is a marine Special Area of Conservation and a must visit for families looking for an authentic coastal experience.

Fossil hunting fun

Kimmeridge Bay is flanked by slate cliffs and littered with large boulders and stones. Like the rest of the Jurassic Coast it is a firm favourite for avid fossil hunters, searching for a piece of history! Even the most inexperienced eye is likely to spot a pretty ammonite hidden in a rock or on the seabed.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Emma Bee Designs (@emmabeedesigns) on

Important fossil hunting advice: The beach wardens kindly ask that you do not use hammers to extract fossils and that you leave fossils behind for other people to enjoy.


Ideal for rock pooling

Rockpooling is a must at this idyllic spot, which is famed for its abundance and variety of marine life. As the tide goes out, hundreds of rockpools filled with crabs, little fish, anemones and even star fish are exposed, providing hours of fun for younger members of the family.

Next to the slipway, the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Wild Seas Centre welcomes visitors free of charge to learn more about the Jurassic Coast and the species that inhabit its waters. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable visitors are on hand to talk you through the live exhibits and will help you identify any of your own fossil or wildlife finds.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Jo (@mindfuladvblog) on

Great snorkelling for beginners 

Kimmeridge is considered one of the best places to snorkel in the UK thanks to its shallow and crystal-clear waters. The visitor centre has created a snorkel trail marked by five buoys for people to follow, which shows off the best underwater habitats in the bay. You can pick up a laminated under water guide to help identify the species you spot from the shop and it’s also possible to hire a full-face mask for those without their own gear.

Fantastic views

If you get itchy feet sitting on the beach all day there are some excellent walks along the clifftops, which provide far reaching views across the Dorset countryside and out to sea. It’s possible to climb from the beach onto the headland to see beautiful Clavell tower, which was once demolished and painstakingly rebuilt just metres away from its original position on the cliff edge.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Claire Aldersley (@cjmoyce73) on


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Roshan Lobo (@loborosh) on

Travelling to Kimmeridge Bay

To get to the private bay you will have to use a toll road, which costs £5 per car (£10 for motorhomes) and entitles you to park at the beach all day. Kimmeridge Bay is unspoilt by commercialism and offers very little in the way of facilities. There are public toilets in the main carpark and an ice cream van in the summer months, but no cafes or restaurants on the beach. Therefore it is advisable to bring a packed lunch and drinks if you plan to stay for the day. Alternatively, stop in the nearby Kimmeridge village on your way home and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the pubs or restaurants in this small but picturesque hamlet.To get to the beach there are a number of steps, which may not be suitable for prams or wheelchairs. Kimmeridge Bay is dog friendly year-round.

What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

All reviews


We are currently at an amazing 4.5 score at TripAdvisor, based upon 200+ reviews from verified guests.

Latest reviews

Proudly associated

Over the years the family has developed the park to award-winning standards and in a style which compliments its surroundings.

  • Camping and caravanning
  • AA
  • British Holiday & Home Parks assocation
  • Poole Tourism
  • Visit Britain
  • premier park 2020 logo

Finding us


From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


1 ° 58’ 16” West, 50° 37’ 34” North



Contact Us

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.